(WTNH)–It was an emotional year for the Travelers Championship.
The tournament’s longtime leader, Jay Fishman, put on a brave face while battling ALS–a fight he eventually lost weeks later. Fishman’s impact on ALS was felt on Tuesday, as the tournament announced its charitable take from this August’s event.
A record $2.8 million was raised this summer. The primary beneficiary was the ALS Clinic at the Hospital of Special Care in New Britain.
“When Jay was diagnosed with ALS, he said, ‘I want to do two things. I want to help research and treat it, and I also want to help patients who have this.
To be an ALS patient and try to stay engaged is hard enough, I know Jay is looking down and he’s proud. He wanted to see patients engaged, he saw it.”
Since Travelers took over in 2007, the tournament has raised nearly $13 million for more than 600 charities.